CONFIRMED: Apple Admits Major Privacy Fault
It turns out that Apple was eavesdropping on us the whole time... Just as we suspected!
700 Million Apple users were potentially exposed. Did this breach affect you?
A major bug in the company's Apple FaceTime app allowed callers to eavesdrop on you. Regardless of whether you dismissed the incoming call or were simply done with the call and pressed 'end', the caller could continue to listen in on you through your phone's microphone!
The FaceTime bug was discovered by Fourteen-year old Grant Thompson. The young man immediately brought the bug to the attention of his mother Michele Thompson. His mother reacted to the news by contacting the CEO of Apple via Twitter and fax. Nine days after her report, the company finally acknowledged the bug publicly.
Apple's response to the bug was to shut down the Group Facetime capabilities completely from all iPhones! This tells us that there is no fix yet and begs the question: How long has Apple allowed people to spy on us?!
While we can't answer that question YET, we can take action on our phone settings right now.
Here are some steps to take to make sure that your private information remains that way.
One easy and effective tip is to disable Siri on your iPhone. The Siri function on your smart phone microphone is constantly listening for the wake words "Hey Siri". This also means that it is listening to everything else you say.
To disable this feature, go to iPhone Settings General>> Siri and Search >> ASK SIRI. Toggle off the option to "Listen for Hey Siri."
See more details on how to disable Siri Here.
Use a Mic Blocker
A microphone blocker is a cheap and effective tool for your electronics.
The tool blocks unauthorized surveillance by cutting off the sound!
How it works is by tricking your iPhone into thinking that it is hooked up to an external microphone. This in turn makes the internal microphone turn itself off!
The best part is that it is not ugly or bulky. Think of it like a dust guard for your iPhone's ports.
You can find this type of tool on Amazon fairly cheap.
So what can we learn from all of this? The moral of the story is don't trust anyone and always do your due diligence!